Angourie Rice and Justice Smith play Rhiannon and Justin in "Every Day."
Angourie Rice and Justice Smith play Rhiannon and Justin in "Every Day."

Every Day (Warner Bros., Blu-ray or standard DVD, PG-13, 97 min.). The premise of "Every Day" is that a shy teenage girl is romanced by a spirit, called "A," that inhabits a different body every day. The new body is usually the same age and located relatively close to the last. I have a friend who, when we watch certain movies or shows, often asks, "How to they dream up this stuff?" This is definitely one of those movies, and the answer is the film is an adaptation of David Levithan's acclaimed New York Times best-selling young adult novel of the same name. However, the film does shift the perspective from "A" to that of the girl, Rhiannon, 16, who is played by Angourie Rice ("Spider-Man: Homecoming").  The screenplay is by Jesse Andrews ("Me and Earl and the Dying Girl").

The likable film, directly aimed at the teen market, opens with "A" waking up in the body of Justin (Justice Smith of "Paper Towns," "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"), who happens to be the boyfriend of Rhiannon, whom we will call Rhi going forward as they do in the film. Justin talks Rhi into ditching school at lunchtime and they travel to nearby Baltimore and have their best date/day ever. However, by the next day, Justin is back to his semi-ignoring Rhi at school; he apparently is only interested in the physical side of their relationship and only on his terms. Of course, Rhi is confused by Justin's change in attitude.

The next day, "A" wakes up in the body of Amy and goes to Rhi's high school, so she can shadow Rhi as a new student during the day. This version of A is played by Jeni Ross, one of 15 actors who play "A" in the film, which has got to be some kind of record. The next time "A" meets Rhi, he is sweet Nathan (Lucas Jade Zumann of the TV series "Anne"), who goes to a party to be near her and they have a fun time dancing and talking, although Justin actually gets jealous. Afterwards, Rhi finds out Nathan has posted on social media that he was taken over by the devil for a day. This brings up the first consideration of the consequences of "A" traveling into other bodies. He tries not to intrude too much and to leave the host with a good experience, but this gets challenged later when a host is in physical harm and by his wanting to be with Rhi as much as possible.

It is when "A" is Megan (Katie Douglas) that he first tells Rhi the truth. A nice part of the film is Rhi's growing to love "A" no matter what body he is inhabiting, whether it be overweight, gay, transgendered, black or white. In addition to occupying two bodies that one would expect the film to go to, there is another stop that will be familiar to viewers. Handsome Xavier is played by Colin Ford of the film "Push" and the TV series "Supernatural" and "Under the Dome." Classmate Alexander is played by Owen Teague of TV's "Bloodline," while Rhi's parents are played by Maria Bello ("Coyote Ugly") and Michael Cram (TV's "Flashpoint"). Debby Ryan (TV's "Jessie") plays Rhi's sister, Jolene.

The film's ending is bittersweet, as one might expect, but also hopeful. The director is Michael Sucsy ("The Vow"). The film is full of very good songs, but only a score soundtrack is available. This is the first release by a revived Orion Pictures. Extras include 12 deleted scenes and four extended scenes (20:16 total), the best of which are more of Nathan and Rhi talking in the treehouse, four scenes with Xavier (one covers the same dialogue but occurs during a walk through the woods rather than sitting on the dock) and two scenes with a reverend, who apparently experienced a traveler (indicating "A" is not the only one);  and four short featurettes that go behind the scenes (1:13), talk about the plot (2:03), talk about the film (2:12) and discuss adapting the book to film (1:31), with book author Levithan interviewed in the latter. Grade: film 3.25 stars; extras 2 stars

Rating guide: 5 stars = classic; 4 stars = excellent; 3 stars = good; 2 stars = fair; dog = skip it

Gringo (Universal, Blu-ray or standard DVD, R, 111 min.). "Gringo" offers plenty of twists, but does not deliver on the promised comedy, with the exception of the acerbic performance of producer Charlize Theron. Theron ("Mad Max: Fury Road," "Atomic Blonde") plays Elaine, the second-in-command to Richard Rusk, who has trouble keeping his pants on when she is around, at Promethium Pharmaceuticals in Chicago. Elaine basically has no filters and often talks as if she were in a men's locker room. Rusk is played by Joel Edgerton ("Red Sparrow," "Black Mass"), who also is the brother of director Nash Edgerton ("The Square").

The real star of "Gringo," though, is David Oyelowo ("Nightingale," "A United Kingdom"), who plays Harold Soyinka, an immigrant from Nigeria who works for Rusk -- who is supposedly his friend -- and makes frequent trips to Promethium's factory in Mexico. What Harold does not know is that Richard and Elaine have had a side deal in Mexico to sell excess drug product off the books to a local drug lord, Villegas, aka the Black Panther (Carlos Corona, one of the many Mexican actors used in the film). Elaine and Richard have accompanied Harold on his latest trip to Mexico to tell plant manager Celerino Sanchez (Hernan Mendoza) to stop supplying drugs to Villegas. Fearing for his life, Sanchez tells them that is not how things are done in Mexico, but they insist anyway. Sanchez eventually loses a toe.

Meanwhile, Harold has learned that Promethium is about to be sold, meaning he will lose his job. Therefore, he decides to pretend he is being held for ransom by kidnappers, using brothers Ronaldo (Diego Catano) and Ernesto Gonzalez (Rodrigo Corea), who run the fleabag hotel he has relocated to. However, Harold also is unknowingly in danger of being really kidnapped by the Black Panther's men, because his thumbprint will release the lock on the vault where the drug formula chemical is kept. If that were not enough, Harold learns his expensive wife (Thandie Newton of HBO's "Westworld" as Bonnie) has been having an affair and is leaving him. Others who get mixed up in Harold's life include a pair of American music store operators (Amanda Seyfried and Harry Treadaway) -- the man has been hired to sneak out samples of the Promethium Cannabex drug by their competitors -- who end up renting the room across the hall from Harold, plus Rusk's ex-mercenary brother Mitch (Sharlto Copley), sent to rescue Harold from his kidnappers.

Again, the film is more twisty than funny, and some characters are not fleshed out enough. There are some good action sequences, including two rollovers, partially shot from inside the vehicles. Director Edgerton used to be a stunt coordinator. The extras are weak: four short featurettes that often repeat scenes and interview bits. They look at the plot (1:58), the stunts (3:48), filming in Mexico (3:45) and general making of the film (4:18). Grade: film 2.5 stars; extras 1/2 star

Oh Lucy! (USA/Japan, Film Movement, Blu-ray or DVD, NR, 96 min.). This film, the first feature effort by director/co-writer Atsuko Hirayanagi and an expansion of her award-winning short film of the same name, tells a simple tale, but one buoyed by very good performances. Ultimately, it is a story about family and addressing old wounds.

Independent Spirit Award-nominee Shinobu Terajima is wonderful as Tokyo office worker Setsuko, who is talked by her niece Mika (Shioli Kutsuna of "Deadpool 2") into purchasing the rest of her learning American English course. Mika says she is taking on more work and cannot afford to lose the 600,000 yen. The course is run by American John Woodruff (an also wonderful Josh Harnett, perhaps the best I have seen from him), whose idiosyncratic way involves a lot of hugging and having his students adopt American names and wear wigs. The name Setsuko pulls out of the box is Lucy and her wig is blonde. However, it is the hugs that make Setsuko fall hard for John.

Unfortunately, a few days later, Setsuko learns John has quit and is heading back to Los Angeles. She sees him enter a cab with Mika of all people. A postcard from Mika later helps Setsuko decide to take vacation time and head to America to find John. Setsuko's estranged sister (Kaho Minami as Ayako) -- it turns out Ayako stole and then married Setsuko's former boyfriend -- horns her way into Setsuko's trip to find her daughter Mika. Once John is found, Setsuko is surprised in both good and bad ways. One flaw is that the film veers in how it treats Setsuko -- sometimes she is sympathetic and other times pathetic, but the film does have some tender and touching moments.

A fellow English class student in Japan is Takeshi Komori/Tom (Koji Yakusho of "13 Assassins," "Shall We Dance?" and "Babel"). Megan Mullally (TV's "Will & Grace") plays fellow airplane traveler Hannah, who is seated between the two feuding sisters. There is more of Hannah at the airport in LA in one of the two deleted scenes (2:40). The other extra is a NY AFF chat with Hirayanagi (18:06) in which she talks about the film's development and how actor Will Farrell and producer/actor Adam McKay became the film's executive producers. Grade: film 3.25 stars; extras 2.5 stars

Altered Perception (SKD DVD, NR, 79 min.). In this low-budget film, a company (or possibly the government; it is unclear) has created a designer drug that is supposed to alter false perceptions that people have following trauma and stress so they can resolve their conflicts. One at the roundtable discussing the drug's results in a trial use by three couples likens it to LSD, but a scientist balks, saying their drug is synthesized from chimpanzee cells, not laboratory chemicals. In any case, the three study cases show the drug creates a pattern of increased aggression.

The three couples are: Andrew (Jon Huertas of TV's "This Is Us") and Lorie (Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, who authored the story with Huertas, but "White Collar" creator Travis Romero wrote the script); Emily (Hallie Jordan) and Beth (Nichola Flynn of TV's "Hot in Cleveland," "Transparent"); and Steve (Emrhys Cooper of "Nosferatu") and Kristina (Jade Tailor of TV's "The Magicians"). Andrew is a lawyer, who still has a problem with his wife being a former prostitute, while Lorie feels Andrew is putting her down by using "big" words. Engaged Emily and Beth constantly fight over whether Emily's brother (Matthew Ziff of "Trafficked") actually raped her or Beth was "asking for it." Kristina is consumed by jealousy over the attention other woman pay her husband, while Steve insists he has been faithful.

The film, the directorial debut of Kate Rees Davies, alternates between roundtable discussion scenes, the six participants' individual daily video diaries and actual scenes from the participants' lives, with the latter usually seemingly like brief bits from a play. By the way, there are only three couples, even though all the publicity, including the back cover of the DVD, refer to four couples. The film is from Blanc Biehn Productions, the company started by Blanc-Biehn and her husband, actor Michael Biehn, who is known for his work in the science fiction classics "Terminator" and "Aliens." If one sticks to the film, it gets better as  more is revealed about the relationships. There are no bonus features. Grade: 2.5 stars

RWBY: Chapter 5 (Cinedigm, 2 Blu-ray or DVDs, NR, 204 min.). This is the latest edition of the award-winning animated series from Rooster Teeth. In the episodes, Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang are entangled in journeys of their own, but all are headed for Haven Academy, where Qrow has led prospective students Ruby Rose, Juane Ark, Nora Valkrie and Lie Ren to teacher Leo Lionheart. There are ancient relics, mystical maidens and more power to be had. With so many characters and subplots, newcomers may be lost, but the other four volumes are still available.

Disc one contains two audio commentaries for each episode: one by the writer and director; the other by a revolving cast of crew members. Disc two has a recap of the five years of "RWBY," with interviews (10:30); shorts on the characters Weiss (3:55), Blake (4:33) and Yang (4:02); and "CRWBY," 14 behind-the-scenes shorts (53:38) and a photo gallery (52 seconds). Grade: episodes and extras 3 stars.

The Last Ship: The Complete Fourth Season (TNT/Warner Bros., 2 Blu-ray discs or 3 DVDs, NR, 440 min.). The set contains all 10 episodes of the season, which shifts the action to the Mediterranean and had a plot that actually followed "The Odyssey" by Homer. Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) had given up command of the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James and is living anonymously with his family in a small fishing village in Greece. However, he catches the attention of a man who puts on high-stakes fights on his small island.

On the Nathan James, Capt. Slattery (Adam Baldwin) and crew have discovered that the virus has "jumped kingdoms" and now infects the world's food crops, leading to global famine. Chandler gets reunited with his crew as the same people who put on the fights have a scientist working on a cure. Season five is due this summer. Bonus features look behind the scenes of the season and a documentary (13 min.) takes a look at the shadowing of "The Odyssey" with Vincent Farenga, professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California, as well as an interview with Steven Kane, showrunner/executive producer/series co-creator. The show continues to entertain, even as the storylines -- such as Slattery being captured and then wandering injured throughout the countryside -- get to be a bit much. Grade: season 3 stars; extras 2 stars

Jericho: The Complete Series (2006-08, CBS/Paramount, 9 DV Ds, NR, 21 hours 52 min.). This post-apocalyptic drama stars Skeet Ulrich, now appearing in TV's "Riverdale" as Jughead's dad, and Lenny James of "The Walking Dead" and "Fear the Walking Dead." The series concerns the reactions of the residents of Jericho, Kansas, after a nuclear explosion suddenly appears on the horizon, leaving them isolated. Some residents fear they are the only Americans left alive. The show also stars Richard Speight Jr., Esai Morales, Gerard McRaney and Pamela Reed.

Eventually, it was revealed that there had been nuclear attacks on 23 U.S. cities, including Denver (seen in episode one). After some efforts dealing with survival after Jericho lost electricity, the residents of nearby New Bern are encountered. There is some mutually beneficial trading -- Jericho farm produce and mined salt for New Bern's windmills -- but relations break down and New Bern declares war at the end of season one. Ulrich plays Jake Green, 32, the son of Mayor Johnston Green (McRaney). Jake had fled the town five years earlier under questionable circumstances. James plays Robert Hawkins, a new resident who knows more than he lets on and who actually has an unexploded nuclear bomb.

In season two, the newly formed Allied States of America has restored order in the Western United States, except for the independent Republic of Texas.

The show was actually canceled after one season, but a fan campaign wrangled the series a shortened, seven-episode second season. (Brief final seasons seem to be the norm now, as shows are given a chance to wrap up their storylines; for example, "12 Monkeys," "Bones" and "Continuum" among them.) While a planned "Jericho" feature film never came to fruition, the series was continued in a comic book.

For season one, there are deleted scenes and looks at creating the show and imagining its scenario. Season two also looks at creating the season, has deleted scenes and an alternate unaired ending. Disc 9 is a bonus disc with behind-the-scenes footage, two season two action sequences, cast interviews, a table read and 100 reasons to watch the show. Grade: series 3.5 stars; extras 3 stars

The Invaders: The Complete Series (1967-68, CBS/Paramount, 12 DVDs, NR, 37 hours 49 min.). The set contains all 43 episodes, digitally retouched. Produced by Quinn Martin ("The Fugitive," "Streets of San Francisco"), the series stars Roy Thinnes as architect David Vincent, who has seen a flying saucer land and discovers that aliens from a dying planet are infiltrating the Earth. Of course, almost no one believes him, except for about one person per episode that he is able to convince. Vincent does develop an ally in millionaire Edgar Scoville (Ken Smith). Martin had hoped the show would be a successor to "The Fugitive," which in some ways it mirrored, but it only lasted two seasons.

For season one, there are episode introductions with Thinnes, a 27-minute interview with Thinnes, an extended version of the pilot "Beachhead," generic promos and audio commentary by series creator Larry Cohen on "The Innocent." For season two, there is a second interview with Thinnes and audio commentary by producer Alan Armer on "The Peacemaker." The series was very popular in France. With good scripts, the show holds up after all these years. Grade: series 3.75 stars; extras 2.75 stars